$8,000 worth of illegal fireworks seized, 4 arrested in New York City

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Monday, June 14, 2021
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Three men and a woman were taken into custody, while a huge collection of high-powered fireworks were taken from a van.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Four people were arrested and more than $8,000 worth of illegal fireworks were seized, fire marshals from the FDNY announced.

Three men and a woman were taken into custody, while a huge collection of high-powered fireworks were taken from a van.

The bust comes just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed that the city will take a harder stance after thousands of complaints from New Yorkers last summer.

There were only 200 firework complaints by this time last year, but in 2021, there are already 1,544.

April 2021 saw more complaints than the entire first five months of 2020 combined, but incidents exploded in June of 2020 with nearly 30,000 complaints.

July had nearly 18,000.

So far, there've been 2,062 complaints in June.

Here are the top 10 neighborhoods for complaints this year:

10032 Washington Heights

11216 Bedford/ Crown Heights

10468 Kings Bridge Heights

10040 Fort George

11226 Flatbush

10030 Strivers's Row, Harlem

11372 Jackson Heights

11377 Woodside

10453 Morris Heights, Bronx

10034 Inwood

10465 Throgs Neck

On Sunday, New York City Sheriff's deputies announced two more arrests.

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